The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute situated in Pune, Maharashtra celebrates its 104th foundation anniversary today, which coincides with the 184th Jayanti of Sir Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar.
The Institute is a public organization registered under Societies Registration Act 1860 and the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950.
On the occasion of its 104th foundation day, the institute has announced that it will be launching an introductory online course on Buddhism which will commence in October this year.
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute is a pioneer institution that masters in all aspect of Orientology.
What is Orientology?
Orientology is the study of the indigenous lore and wisdom of the ancient East or the ‘Orient’. The Institute concerns itself with research activity in the field of Orientology with a vision to enlighten the world about the all-comprehensive knowledge generated in the East especially in India.
Sir Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar – an avid scholar, orientalist, and social reformer
Among many social, political & religious reformers in the era of 1860s to 1920s, Sir Ramakrishna Gopal was known all over the world as an erudite scholar in oriental studies who inspired many, including his son Devdatta Ramkrishna, to attempt scientific studies of history.
Sir R.G. Bhandarkar was born on 6th July 1837 in Malvan, Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.
He graduated from the Elphinstone College Mumbai and belonged to one of the first graduation batches of Mumbai university.
The academic discourse initiated by Sir Bhatnagar included many luminaries of modern India, including Lokmanya Tilak and “Bharatratna” Panduranga Vaman Kane. His areas of research included a vast range of topics such as dharma and religions, philosophy, epigraphy, numismatics and history, etc.
His contributions in the scholarly world are deemed pivotal for reconstructing the history of South India including the Satavahana Dynasty.
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute preserves the orient, How?
The Institute occasionally organizes learned Lectures by guest scholars under its various Memorial Lectureships among many various seminars and scholarly discussions such as the All India Oriental Conference.
The institute publishes an annual journal titled ‘Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute’ wherein one of the most prominent publications of the Institute are – Critical Edition of the Mahabharata, History of Dharmashastra, Descriptive Catalogues of Manuscripts and The Prakrit Dictionary.
In addition to this, the Institute also heralds a Manuscripts Resource and Conservation Centre under the auspices of the National Mission for Manuscripts, a project of the Cultural Ministry of India.
As a significant centre of Indological Studies and Research, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute continues to uphold and carve the future path for Oriental Research and with the help of its scholarly infrastructure.